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Inmate 'heart-broken' over killing

The parents of a man found dead in a holding cell have said he was broken-hearted and full of remorse after the killing of a GAA star.

Shane Rogers 32, of Deery Terrace, Inniskeen, Co Monaghan, was found hanged in Cloverhill prison complex at lunchtime on Tuesday. He had been deemed a suicide risk.

Rogers handed himself in after the shooting dead of James Hughes, All-Ireland club medal-winning captain of Crossmaglen Rangers, from Co Armagh in the early hours of Sunday December 11.

Mr Hughes' female friend Patricia Byrne and taxi driver Anthony Callan were injured in the attack when the cab pulled up outside her house in Dundalk.

Rogers' parents Sean and Mary said they were absolutely devastated by their son's death. "We have only learned of Shane's death this afternoon and we are totally devastated and in total shock over his tragic death," they said.

"We would like to make it known that Shane had been broken-hearted over the death of Mr Hughes and the injuries to Ms Patricia Byrne and Mr Anthony Callan. Shane was totally remorseful over what happened in the tragic events that Sunday morning."

Mr and Mrs Rogers added that they were also broken-hearted over the death of Mr Hughes. The statement was issued through the family solicitor Martin Crilly, who knew Rogers for 15 years and described him as "the backbone of the family".

"I knew him personally for 15 years and I had the highest regard for him. He looked after the younger members of the family and he was loyal to his family," Mr Crilly said.

The Rogers family was due to travel to Dublin for a post-mortem examination at Tallaght Hospital and a funeral is expected later this week.

A Prison Service spokesman confirmed an inmate had been found dead in the Cloverhill complex around lunch time. he said: "We can confirm an inmate has died in custody. As in all deaths in custody, the Irish Prison Service and An Garda Siochana will be investigating it"

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